Alexa M. Mieses – Owner/Director
Ballet / Pointe / EBAS
Originally from San Juan, Puerto Rico, Alexa began her training in classical ballet at a very early age at the Academia de Ballet Tanya under the direction of Tanya Beléndez. Throughout the years, she has had the opportunity to train with such master teachers of classical ballet, flamenco, pointe, partnering, character, jazz, and Broadway techniques as: Ballet Teatro Municipal de San Juan under the direction of Vanessa Ortiz; Diana Pérez, Nahir Medina, and Rosario Galán; Eglevsky Ballet Company under the instruction of Jane Miller, Michael Vernon, Elizabeta Calero and Nahir Medina; Ballet Austin in Texas and at The University of Wisconsin in Madison. Alexa has been invited to perform as a guest artist for Ballet Teatro Municipal de San Juan, Compañia de Baile Moderno in Puerto Rico, as well as a soloist for the Jacksonville Ballet Theater (JBT) under the direction of Dulce Anaya. Most recently, she has performed locally in the Jacksonville Community Nutcracker.
Alexa began teaching ballet at the age of fourteen and has taught dance for the past seven years at Boleros Cultural Arts Center for the Theater Dance Department. She has also been a guest ballet instructor for The Bean School of Dance in Fernandina Beach and Jacksonville Ballet Theater. In 2010, Alexa developed her own specific outreach ballet program for pre-schools throughout the Jacksonville community. Alexa brings her talent, training, experience and passion for dance to students of all ages. Moreover, Alexa is proud to be the President and Co-Founder of the Alius Dance School and is a Certified Level I Instructor for Scott Putman’s Elemental Body Alignment System (EBAS).
While pursuing her love of dance, Alexa’s personal achievements also include a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from The Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico and a Master of Science in Civil Engineering (Structural) from the University of Texas at Austin. Alexa holds a Professional Engineer License in the state of Florida. She is also a devoted wife and proud mother of two wonderful little boys, Diego and Sergio.
Natalie Schweikert – Instructor
Ballet / Pointe / Jazz / Modern
Natalie started her dance training at the age of eight at a local dance studio in central New Jersey. When she was there she was asked, both by The Ailey School and The Royal Ballet School, to come take master classes and workshops. She has studied a variety of dances including: Ballet, Jazz, Modern, Contemporary, Tap, and Character. She has performed in multiple classical ballet including Coppelia, Don Quixote, Sleeping Beauty, and Giselle, with the Jacksonville Ballet Theatre. Natalie began teaching at the age of fourteen and hopes to continue teaching throughout the rest of her dance career. She also hopes to pursue a career in the Culinary Arts and will hopefully be join the culinary program at FSCJ in this upcoming fall.
Bryan Jenkins – Instructor
Ballet / Boys Class
Bryan Jenkins trained from 2002 through 2003 with Florida Ballet under the direction of Laurie Byrd. In 2003 he was accepted into the Harid Conservatory on full tuition scholarship, where he was trained exclusively in classical ballet. Upon graduating from Harid, Mr. Jenkins joined Houston Ballet II and also performed with Houston Ballet in many productions. Mr. Jenkins received the Most Improved Award given to him by Houston Ballet’s artistic and academy staff in 2006.
Bryan taught level 3 at the Houston Ballet Academy in 2005 -2006 school year. In April 2006 he set Stanton Welch’s Fingerprints on the Cincinnati Ballet where he coached Joseph Gatti in the lead male role. In the summer of 2006, Bryan taught level 7 at the Houston Ballet’s summer program and set Welch’s Bruiser.
In 2006 Bryan joined BalletMet in Columbus, Ohio where he spent the next 5 years dancing many lead roles. As a guest artist he has performed the Nutcracker role of Caviler for Dance Arts Los Alamos, Albrecht in Jacksonville Ballet Theater’s Giselle and Franz in Charlottesville Ballet production of Coppelia.
Mr. Jenkins is an American Ballet Training® Certified Teacher, who has successfully completed Teacher Training Intensive in Primary through Level 3 of the ABT® National Training Curriculum. Mr. Jenkins also teaches ballet at LaVilla School of the Arts and is a Guest Artist Teacher for Manhattan Dance Project.
Joel Mejias – Instructor
Flamenco / Ballet
Born in Cuba, Joel began his dancing career at a young age studying classical ballet with the Ballet Nacional de Cuba. One of the best ballet training schools recognized worldwide by the best ballet companies. In 1990, Joel joined the professional flamenco company, The Spanish Nacional Ballet de Cuba; from there a long journey with the dance form of his ancestors would begin (his father hails from Southern Spain).
He toured the world with the Spanish Nacional Ballet de Cuba, performed at several Grammy Award shows, appeared in several music videos, and earned the opportunity to dance with a plethora of incredible performers, including Gloria Estefan, Madonna, Celia Cruz, and Julio Iglesias. When his contract ended with the Cirque du Soleil production Mystere, Joel came to St. Augustine, Florida.
Joel brings a worldwide expertise and renowned classical background to Alius’ dance program. We at Alius Dance are very proud to have Joel join our faculty!
All level 3 students and up are invited to join Mr. Joel’s Open Ballet class every Saturday 11:00-12:30 pm*, as part of their dance curriculum at Alius Dance.
Naomi was born and raised in northern rural Maryland. Her first passion in life was her horses and is an accomplished equestrienne. During the 1980’s she moved to Philadelphia, PA. It was there that she found Flamenco at Flamenco Ole under the instruction of Julia Lopez. In 1998, Naomi relocated to Jacksonville Florida where she continued her study of Flamenco with Teo Morca. To further her education in flamenco, she has attended workshops with such renowned Artist as Adrian Carbonel, Jose Greco II, Antonio Vargas, Eva La Yerbabuena, and attended the summer workshops at Albuquerque University Flamenco Institute.
It was at the encouragement of her friend Dulce Anaya of The Jacksonville Ballet Theatre that she started teaching Flamenco and ultimately founded the troupe called Flamenco de la Costa. Naomi was then recruited by Ralph Ramirez to bring her expertise to Boleros Dance-Sport. Shortly thereafter, she joined forces with her close friend and colleague, Lisa Benton, founder and President of the Spanish Association. At that point, the troupe changed their name to Fuego Flamenco. Her teaching style and knowledge has gained the reputation as the most intensive and comprehensive classes given in Jacksonville for Flamenco education. In addition, the troupe has now become the most sought after and successful Flamenco Troupe in Northeast Florida.
Ms. Naomi has been with Alius Dance School since its opening in 2013. Naomi and Fuego Flamenco are extremely proud to be a part of Alius Dance School.
Kelly Cromartie-Bloomston – Instructor
Kelley Cromartie-Bloomston, a Jacksonville native, graduated from Douglas Anderson School of the Arts as a dance major and a 3-year member of Tap Ensemble. Kelley graduated college from the University of Florida with a Bachelor of Science in Advertising with a concentration in dance. As a college student, she was a featured performer in the Oberlin Dance Company’s (ODC) summer 2000 season. Most recently, she was an instructor at Bolero’s Cultural Arts Center where she taught tap and jazz from August 2005 until June 2013. Additionally, Kelley is employed at Cox Media Group’s Television Division in the National Sales Department.
Originally from Venezuela, Josmary began dancing when she was only 3 years old. After taking ballet classes twice a week for 10 years, Josmary experimented with other dance disciplines such as Jazz and Hip Hop. But it was until she started college, in her native Venezuela, when she joined the flamenco school La Macarena. On her first flamenco recital Josmary led Pasodobles and Sevillanas. On 2008, after moving to United States to attend the University of North Florida, she joined Naomi Vail’s Fuego Flamenco where she keeps learning about this art and still expresses herself through the flamenco Duende.
Josmary has been teaching youth flamenco classes since 2012. Josmary has studied with many important flamenco artists, among them Juan Siddi, Antonio Granjero, Juan Paredes, Siudy Garrido from award winning Broadway show Between Worlds, and with flamenco legends such as Antonio Canales and Farruquito. Josmary has collaborated with a number of artist as a guest performer in Jacksonville and Saint Augustine. On January 2015, she participated in the filming of the Visit Florida television commercial with Telemundo which is currently broadcasting nationally.
Kayla Bowman – Instructor
Kayla Bowman is a 17 year old student teacher as well as a dancer at Alius Dance School. She has been dancing since she was four, taking many classes at Buddy Sherwood when she was younger like Tap, Jazz, Ballet, Hip Hop and Musical Theatre. After taking a brief break from dance, she got accepted into Douglas Anderson School of the Arts for Theatre and has been there for three years, now a Junior.
Kayla has been in many musicals, short films and plays such as My Fair Lady, Damn Yankees, Once on this Island, Troubled Waters and Neo-Nior; both short films by director Mason Fyfe, Hairspray, and has recently been seen in Coney Island Christmas at ABET. As well as singing and dancing, Kayla has not only had training in acting for six years, but she has been to State Thespian Acting Competitions and has gotten perfect scores for three years in many categorizes such as duet scenes, large ensemble scenes, small ensemble scenes and monologues. The last time she was at the State Thespian Acting Competition, her monologue earned her a Critiques Choice Award and was granted an opportunity to perform in the closing ceremonies. She has had workshops with Broadway veterans and professionals through a summer program called Camp Broadway, as well as working with choreographers for Walt Disney World.
She hopes to continue her carrier in Dancing, Acting and Singing at Walt Disney World through the Disney College Program first, then working at Walt Disney World full time being a face character or parade dancer.